Definition of Theravada

1. Noun. One of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing personal salvation through your own efforts; a conservative form of Buddhism that adheres to Pali scriptures and the non-theistic ideal of self purification to nirvana; the dominant religion of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand and Laos and Cambodia.

Exact synonyms: Theravada Buddhism
Generic synonyms: Buddhism
Specialized synonyms: Hinayana, Hinayana Buddhism

Definition of Theravada

1. Proper noun. (Buddhism) A school of Buddhism widely practised in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. ¹

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Literary usage of Theravada

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Living Buddhist Masters by Jack Kornfield (1998)
"CHAPTER 17 OTHER theravada MEDITATIONS In order to represent more fully the living theravada tradition as found in Southeast Asia, this chapter will briefly ..."

2. Mental Culture in Burmese Crisis Politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the National by Gustaaf Houtman (1999)
"For the first time those who wish to learn theravada Buddhist canonical texts ... JJ о to share the genuine theravada Buddhism with the people of the world ..."

3. International Religious Freedom (2000): Report to Congress by the Department edited by Barbara Larkin (2001)
"theravada Buddhism is the dominant religion among the majority Burman ethnic group, and among the ... Many other Karen and Karenni are theravada Buddhists. ..."

4. Buddhist Dictionary: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrinesby Nyanatiloka by Nyanatiloka (1980)
"In its theravada widest sense it is associated with all pure consciousness (s. ... theravada: 'Doctrine of the Elders', is a name of the oldest form of the ..."

5. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: A Handbook of Mental Training Based on the by Nyanaponika A. Thera, Nyanaponika (1998)
"Such restraint imposed on the full practice of Satipatthana creates a rather strange situation from the view point of theravada and in the light of the ..."

6. The Discourse on the All-Embracing Net of Views: The Brahmajala Sutta and by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Gautama Buddha (1992)
"But though the existence of a bodhisattva career was thus acknowledged by the theravada, the dominant attitude prevailed among the exponents of the school ..."

7. The Life of the Buddha: According to the Pali Canon by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, Ñāṇamoli (1992)
"The theravada (Doctrine of the Elders) became dominant under Asoka, who himself embraced Buddhism. His son (or by some traditions, his nephew), ..."

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